History & Culture Tourism Program
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long and interesting history. It has been inhabited since at least the Neolithic age. Due to its geographical position this is a region where eastern and western civilisation come together. Most of the cultural and historical heritage is an inherent part of modern bosnian and herzegovinian towns and villages. Simply the walk through the old part of one of the cities will help you to understand the way people have been living here. But to understand better and collect more information about the history and culture it is necessary to visit the sites of the first settlements, diferent museums, tipical old houses and to come in contact with the local people. Challenge us to make an ideal combination of the places worth visiting and let us take you on an interesting tour to the past. You will also get special discount if you booked your Medjugorje accommodation with gomedjugorje.com
The river Neretva that attracts people to come to this town was a big obstacle on the trade route in the past. The problem was solved in the middle ages. The duke Stjepan Kosača ordered the construction of the wooden bridge and the towers on the river banks. The town started to grow.
In the 15th century the Turks took over the city. The new stone bridge was built on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent. Due to its unique appearance and great importance for the trade route the bridge became the symbol of the town.
The traces of the foreign rulers are visible in the whole city. The ottoman architecture in the Old city and the first modern roads and buildings built under the Austrian - Hungarian rule are an inherent part of the contemporary town.
Mostar can be called herzegovinian Jerusalem. There are four religions present in the town. As soon as you enter the town you see mosques, churches ( both catholic and serbian orthodox) and menoras on the entrance of the future synagoge.
If you want to learn more about the history, find out more about the diferent religions and the traditions, enjoy in the beautiful view on the emerald river and the unique bridge, taste good local food and coffee then Mostar is a perfect place to come.
Decide to take a 2 and a half hours of ride to enjoy the scenary of a well – indented coast of the Adriatic and at the end of the journey to enter the bigest museum in the country – the city of Dubrovnik itself. The Walls of the city have protected Dubrovnik since its founding. First thing that will take your breath away are those stone walls. You will want to know what is there inside so worth of protecting. After you step inside the fairy tale can start. Try to find out more about the history and legends of this incredible settlement on the clif by listening a local guide, reading diferent descriptions and signes but don't forgett to let your imagination bring you back to the time of the poets, aristocracy, seaman and slaveless society that valued liberty highly.
Split is the biggest town in the costal part of the Republic of Croatia called Dalmatia. The modern motorway will take you thru the hinterland of Dalmatia and alowe to take a peek at the old shepard and farmer villages. Ones the sea comes into view you will be amazed by the beauty of the cristal clear water, green islands, gray slopes of the mountains, and the pitoresque fortress that dominates the area.
The local guide will show you the hidden parts of the Diocletians palace wich is one of the rare cultural monument in wich people still live. Right next to the palace is the main market place. Taste some fresh fruit or vegetable cultivated in one of the small vilages you have seen on the way to Split. At the end don't forget to have a coffee on one of the most beautiful promenades of the world.
The combination of natural beauties, hystorical monuments and mixture of religion attracts people to come to Trebinje. To find out more aboute the customes and tradition of the serbian – ortodox church you need to visit Hercegovačka Gračanica, a church built on the hill above the town in the year 2000. Visit also the icon gallery and the museum and enjoy the town panorama from the same spot. Not far away from Trebinje there is a beautiful and mystical monastery Tvrdoš wich exist as far as the late antique period (4 – 6 century). Be a part of the long tradition of the tourists who end the visit of the town by tasting local food under the shade of the more then 100 years old plane trees.